Capitol to Courthouse Florida Insurance Report – Friday, April 15, 2016

Apr 15, 2016


How Will Scott’s Insurance Pick Bragg Survive Scrutiny?

Cabinet members were talking softly, smiling at one another, clapping each other on the back.  But anyone who couldn’t sense a Baileygate hangover throbbing uncomfortably over the March 29 Cabinet meeting had his head in the sand, Publisher Nancy Smith writes.


State CFO Jeff Atwater, Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty on 60 Minutes this Sunday

Florida’s CFO Jeff Atwater and Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty will be featured in a 60 Minutes report this Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times Jeremy Wallace reports via “The Buzz” blog.


Roads, drainage, drinking water, sand at risk from sea-level rise on Treasure Coast

Acres of grass and drainage areas at Witham Field airport in Martin County could flood after 2060 because of sea-level rise, Lidia Dinkova of reports.


Rick Scott Vetoes Dental Program for the Poor

Governor Rick Scott Thursday vetoed legislation that could have helped poor and rural Floridians get dental care, saying it held too much potential for abuse of public dollars.  Jim Rosica reports for


Florida Supreme Court Backs Awarding Attorneys’ Fees in Records Cases

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday issued a broadly worded ruling that made clear public agencies are liable for paying attorney’s fees if they violate the state’s open-records law.  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Jim Saunders reports via


Personal Information of 1,000 Clients Stolen from Florida County Health Department

More than 1,000 clients from Florida’s Palm Beach County Health Department are believed to have been victims of a data breach, Insurance Journal reports.


Wexford Loses Challenge over Prisons Health Care Contract

A contract worth over $260 million for health care at the state’s prisons will stand after an administrative law judge sided with the Florida Department of Corrections, Jim Rosica reports for


Florida Governor Signs Education Bill that Allows Transfers to Any School

Florida parents can pick any public school in the state for their children, hop scotching over traditional attendance lines and county boundaries, starting in the 2017-18 school year.  Leslie Postal reports for the Orlando Sentinel.


Bullard Not Going Anywhere


Florida Senator Dwight Bullard put the kibosh on rumors that he’ll bow out of his race in a newly drawn Miami-Dade County district that could pose an uphill battle for the incumbent, THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA’s Dara Kam and Jim Turner report for


Governor’s Rival Resigns after Leveling Withering Criticism

The North Broward Hospital District, run by seven patronage appointees of the Governor, has long been a target of criticism for undue outside influence and favoritism in the awarding of multimillion-dollar contracts for healthcare, legal work and other services.  Steve Bousquet reports via the Miami Herald.


Specialty Insurer Gains FAA Approval to Use Drones

A unit of Munich Reinsurance Co. said Thursday that it has received U.S. approval to use drones to investigate claims and conduct other commercial business activities, Donna Mahoney reports for Business Insurance.


New RMS RiskAssessor Solution Licensed by AeroEdge

RMS announced today that AeroEdge USA, a Florida based Managing General Agency promoting risk management by coupling cost effective hurricane mitigation with voluntary hurricane mitigation credits, has licensed a customized version of the RMS RiskAssessor solution to help demonstrate the vulnerability and insurance benefits of installing AeroEdge’s pioneering and proprietary hurricane-wind mitigation technology to buildings.




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